The Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced in January plans to restore Baton Rouge’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial downtown.
The memorial, a 1,200-pound contemporary sculpture installed on the River Center Plaza in 1997, has faded over the decades. The project includes restoring the inside of the structure, which has some rust, and then repainting the red-and-blue-hued exterior. Once completed, BRAF and Downtown Development District will also be “evaluating opportunities to enhance the contemplative space that surrounds it,” according to a statement.
BRAF put together a website exploring the history of the project, the artist behind it and the planned restoration. According to BRAF, the restoration will be complete in early 2021.